Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Feature: MessicanRooster

Feature: MessicanRooster from Deviant Art

It's that time again! I attack some poor artist with questions for everyones entertainment! 
Today we've got MessicanRooster from Deviant Art. I love her art! I think my favourite has 
to be her Clown Fish eyes! 

1. How did you get started with makeup? 

I had a lot of free time and I needed something to do, so I starting looking for some hobbies I could have and doing makeup just stuck. 

2.What is your all time favourite brand? What's your favourite product from that brand? 

I have a very low budget since I'm still in high school, so I don't use anything super fancy, but I really like anything Maybelline. 

3. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Most of my inspiration comes from finding something small that I could build around. For example, I have a picture with a small metal sun, and I glued it next to my eye and added eyeshadow. Sometimes I will leave the inspiration object out, and recreate it with makeup.

4. Favourite tool?

I don't really use a lot of tools. I prefer to use my fingers for my makeup since I mainly do picture with only one eye, and I think it's easier to do eye makeup with my fingers. 

5. Have you gone to school for this? Or is this more of a natural talent? 

No, I'm still in high school. Once I get to college, I think I will do something with makeup. 

6. Do you make a living off of your work or is it more of a hobby?

It's just a hobby, I'm not quite old enough to be able to pay for myself. I have gotten a few offers though, people have asked for me to do wedding, prom, and photoshoot makeup for them.

7. Which design of yours is your favourite?

Hmm, I guess my favorite would be the clown fish one. I like that one because it was really fun to do, even though I couldn't get it to turn out right because the only orange makeup I had was a cream, so it would smudge everything if I blinked. 

8. How long do your designs usually take? 

Most of my designs only take about thirty minutes, but I have had one take almost two hours. 

9. How long have you been doing this?

I have only been doing this for about a year. 

10. Any advice for beginners? 

Don't give up, even professionals make mistakes! You always have room to grow. If you can't get something to work out, try drawing it on paper first, that's what I always do. Don't be nervous about making comments on other peoples work!

Here are a few more of her wonderful designs! 

If you would like to see more, visit her on Deviant Art: messicanrooster.deviantart

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Feature: Except-Europa

Feature: Except-Europa from Deviant Art

Except-Europa's makeup designs range from colourful eye makeup to outstanding full face designs. She was one of the first people that I found painting scenes after I really got into Deviant Art. She does amazing work and I'm happy to show you what she does. I've asked her a few questions about her work and here is what she had to say. 

1. How did you get started with makeup?
I got started with makeup just from getting those god awful cheapo makeup kits for christmas (you know the ones that are like 80 palettes and 30 blushes and lipsticks for a dollar) and I just played with them. But I got into doing the really weird stuff on my face about 3 years ago when I saw goldiestarlings wizard of oz makeup. I just had to try it on myself, and low and behold other people seemed to think it was cool.

2. What is your all time favourite brand? What's your favourite product from that brand?
My favorite brand would probably have to be MUFE but its really hard for me to choose a favorite brand. Product from that brand would have to be their number 92 eyeshadow, its the purple I always reach for, I love it so much. I bought mine 2 years ago and I still have over 70% left and I use it all the time. Amazing pigmentation.

3. Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from a little bit of everything, I think most of us do. From music, media, movies, other artists are where I draw most of my inspiration. I have to say that my biggest inspiration comes from the desire to create an illusion, to change skins, and be someone or something else through art.

4. Favourite tool?

My favorite tool would have to be my Ben Nye angled detail brush. Where there could never be straight lines on my face, that little brush makes it possible.

5. Have you gone to school for this? Or is this more of a natural talent?
I haven't really gone to school. I took theater in highschool where we had to learn to apply various kinds of stage makeup. I also worked as an assistant manager at The Body Shop, and went through a few months of their makeup training. Other than that I am a student of youtube, I won't lie. But it took alot of practice to get to the level (as low and amatuer as it may be) I am now.

6. Do you make a living off of your work or is it more of a hobby?
I have a day job as a barista/bartender, but I do make a little money doing makeup (and facepainting). I live in a really small town so there isn't much demand for what I do here, but I am the only one here that does what I do, so I guess thats something. Also because it is such a small town I occassionally get recognized for my work from facebook 'Oh your that girl who painted van gogh on her face, or the cheshire cat etc...'

7. Which design of yours is your favourite?

Oh that is such a difficult question. I think my personal favorite would have to be the 2001: a space odyssey facepaint. 

The dawn of man.

8. How long do your designs usually take?
It all depends on the design. Some have taken me 15-20 minutes, others multiple hours. I never really pay much attention to the time when I'm doing them on myself because I tend to take alot of breaks and take my time with it.

9. How long have you been doing this?

About 3 years =/-

10. Any advice for beginners?

My advice would be not to be afraid to just start painting with no idea in mind. Its just makeup you can wipe it off.

Here are a few of her amazing designs! Click on the images for a better look!



If you'd like to look at more of her stuff, visit her at except-europa.deviantart

So what do you guys think? Which is your favourite design? 

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean Eyes

Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirates life for me!

I finally did Pirates of the Caribbean! It was a pain, I had to start over after getting half way, but it’s finally complete! I said I would put one up on Thursday and I finished the design at 12:00 on the dot (wednesday night, thursday morning)! Ha! 

So on the left side is the Black Pearl in the moon light with all the pirates in the water below. Then it transitions over to the right eye with Jack and Elizabeth trapped on the island. There’s a fire with smoke billowing up from when she set all the rum on fire! Another design to add to the Disney Collection! 

Sunday, 19 February 2012

BH Cosmetics Primer

BH Cosmetics Primer (Eye and Foundation) 

So this is what I was wearing today. I'm one of those cool people that take a picture on their ipods or iphones. I actually just didn't have time to upload them to my computer and such so I took it with my ipod. 

Today was the first day that I tried BH Cosmetics eye primer and foundation primer that I got with my winnings from their holiday makeup contest! (All thanks to you lovely people!) 

Eye primer:  
Normally I just put on an eyeliner as a base, which works quite well for me! I decided I would try BH's primer to see how well it worked. I tried it with just straight eyeshadow and it turned out quite well, but not as bright as I usually wear it. For a "normal" person it would be super bright, but not for me! haha! So I put down the primer again, added white eyeliner and then applied my regular eyeshadow (see above). The top picture is of when I first applied it in the morning, the bottom is from about 10 minutes ago. It barely budged at all! The colours are still beautifully vibrant and it isn't smeared all over the place. I'm quite pleased with it! 

Foundation Primer: 
When I put my foundation on, it usually looks awesome when it is first applied, but after a while it starts to get a little patchy. My cheeks usually stay the same, but my forehead and chin typically become spotty or eventually are uncovered. I hate that! When I tried out BH Cosmetics foundation primer it was completely different. To start I just put some in my hand and used my fingers to put it on my face. The texture was amazing! It made my skin feel so soft! It also has Vitamin E & A and Grapeseed Extract in it. So once it was on my face, I applied my foundation as usual. I could tell that it was really gripping it because if I let my foundation sit for a second, I couldn't blend it in afterwards. I had to be careful to blend right away! Once I got my foundation on, I set it with my regular powder and then wore it for the day. Now, it is still about the same! It's missing a bit off my nose, because I was blowing my nose all day, but the rest is still nicely covered up. 

Both products I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for long lasting makeup! You can find this product and many more at bh cosmetics.
Do you guys know of any awesome products that you would recommend for me to try? 

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Feature: Jericka Los

For my first feature, I'd like to show you guys 
Jericka Los
She does beautiful designs, from eyes to full body! I asked her a
 few questions to learn more about her and here is what she said. 

1. How did you get started with makeup? 
What's really funny about this question is that I never wore makeup in highschool or afterwards, but I used to do my sisters makeup all the time. I even did my older sisters wedding makeup. Then one day I was googling schools, and I came across Blanche Macdonald in Vancouver and thought, "Why not?" So I emailed them and the next week I enrolled. That was 1.5 years ago. 

2. What is your all time favourite brand? What's your favourite product from that brand?
I absolutely LOVE Sugarpill. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to use any of their products yet, but their Burning Heart Pallette is definately something I want to try. 

3. Where do you get your inspiration from? 
I get my inspiration mostly from music. Anything with a good beat really gets my mind going. Whenever I am feeling creative, I will put on some good music and then my mind just goes. I also find inspiration for some things by reading books. My Zombie Geisha I did in school was inspired by the Memoirs of a Geisha book that I was reading at the time. 
4. Favourite tool?
Airbrush. I LOVE to airbrush foundation. I love the way it works and it's so versatile. You can do your foundation, blush, eyeshadow and even body paint.

5. Have you gone to school for this? Or is this more of a natural talent? 
As I said in my first answer, I did go to school. It was a one year program that covered everything from Fundamentals (Bridal and everyday wear) to fashion, to airbrushing, special effects and prosthetics. I dabbled a bit in makeup before I applied to the school.

6. Do you make a living off of your work or is it more of a hobby?
I TRY to make a living out of it, but i am still starting out as a recent graduate. I do a lot of volunteer work for fashion shows and I currently work for some photographers in the next town over that specialize in Boudoir Photography. I also do kids birthday parties by face painting.

7. Which design of yours is your favourite? 
Oh, my favourite of my own? That's a tough one! As I have done special effects and prosthetics as well as fashion, it's really hard to pick. Thinking about it now, it would probably be one of my fashion looks. It was a lip focus where the lips were black and white checkered with a glossy finish. I spent a LOT of time researching products to use for this. Products that wouldn't bleed when the gloss was put overtop. I ended up using black cake liner and white acrylic paint with Bonnebell lipgloss. 
8. How long do your designs usually take? 
It depends on what kind of makeup I am doing. The longest look took me 5 hours, but it was a full body paint with special effects pieces and a bald cap wrap included. Usually for a fashion look I spend at least an hour prefecting the whole face. 

9. How long have you been doing this?
Professional just over a year, but I did a lot of "fun" makeup photoshoots with my girlfriends before I started school. 

10. Any advice for beginners? 
Don't give up! If something is frustrating you, stop, take a breather and look away. I find that if I am spending a lot of time looking at something closely, I need to look away for a few minutes to clear my head, and when I look back at what I am doing I see things that I missed, or can fix. Get yourself out there. I know it can be scary networking with other people, believe me, I am a very nervous person, networking is the hardest thing for me to do, but I do my best. No one thinks like you do, so you'll always have something unique to you.

Here are some of her amazing designs she has done! 

You can find more of her designs at
Feel free to leave comments about these beautiful works of art! 
And also what you thought of my "featuring". 

First Post and Space Nails!

Here's my first "blog" post! 

I decided I would start off with the design I did today! My space nails! 

So instead of taking a picture of one hand, so you had to try to guess what all the details are... I took it of each nail so you could see what I did on each. Each nail is different! I'm starting to get into nail art, slowly! Even though my nails are sadly a little short. They don't like to grow!

Which nail is your favourite? I think mine is the top left!

This was actually quite easy! I just put a base coat of black down, then with a small piece of cosmetic sponge I dipped it in a purpley pink and blotted it on in the middle. Then I took a really crappy, awful white that was too watery for normal use and layered it on top of the pink, some spots very light, so heavy. Then I took my nail art pen (you should be able to buy them in any drug store, mine's Sally Hansen) in white and created little stars and designs. Then finally I added silver sparkles to give it more smaller stars!

So let me know what you guys think of this blogging thing. I'll be featuring other makeup artists when I get familiar with this. If you've seen any amazing makeup that you think should be featured, send me a link!